THE MISSION OF NEW YORK CITY AQUATICS PARTNERSHIP, INC. IS TO DEVELOP THE POTENTIAL OF YOUNG ATHLETES WHILE STRENGTHENING THE CULTURE OF NEW YORK CITY’S COMPETITIVE AQUATIC SPORTS INCLUDING SWIMMING, WATER POLO, AND SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING.
NYCAP programs for elementary, middle and high schools kids in the five boroughs create drown proofed, competitive aquatic athletes with futures serving the community in roles as coaches, mentors and lifeguards. Through coaching, lifeguard training programs, competition, clinics and camps, NYCAP will provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which youth learn essential life skills: physical fitness, teamwork and self-empowerment.
NYCAP works directly with local educational institutions and national sports federations in a public-private partnership enabling student-athletes to achieve personal and athletic goals. Additionally, NYCAP will increase aquatic opportunities citywide by advocating for access to services and additional aquatic facilities to meet the needs of the general public.
WHO WE ARE
Michael Randazzo, President, (BA, MArch, Columbia University) is an arts and education administrator, and community organizer. He currently directs community projects for LIU Brooklyn.
In addition to his work in academia and the visual arts, Randazzo has organized conferences and special projects, including BLUR_O2, Power at Play in Digital Art and Culture with Creative Time, the Future of War with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Brooklyn Bridge Cup for Kids and Fort Greene Track and Field Day with Young Rock Soccer Academy.
As a board member, Randazzo has focused on developing the Brooklyn Water Polo Club membership, securing additional pool time, increasing tournament participation for U12, U15 and U18 age group squads and raising the organization’s public profile.
A regular commentator on local Brooklyn sports and arts for Fort Greene Focus, Fort Green Patch and The Brooklyn Paper, he resides in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
Mihai Radu, Vice President, (MArch, Pratt Institute) immigrated to the United States from Romania. While completing his Bachelor of Architecture studies, Mihai joined the prestigious I.M.Pei and Partners architects, where he spent seven years working on projects including New York City’s Javitz Center in and Paris’s Le Louvre Museum. Next, he joined Swanke Hayden Connell as Associate Partner and led design teams on projects such as the Spitalfield Market Development and the New York Law School Library. He returned to Paris in 1990 as Senior Designer associated with Richard Meier Architect to direct the completion of the Canal + project, a complex building for the largest private TV station in Europe.
In 1997 Radu became a founding partner of Lauster & Radu Architects (renamed Mihai Radu Architects in 2004). Representative projects from the firm’s last seven years include: the United Nations General Assembly restoration; Energy Brands Headquarters; restoration of Constantin Brancusi’s Endless Column, World Monuments Fund Headquarters, Procter & Gamble offices and numerous residential projects.
Radu, currently a member of the Brancusi International Foundation, has been an advisory board member of the Low Income Investment Fund and the Pro Patrimonio Foundation and Infinity Foundation. Previously he was a professor of architecture and interior design at the School of Visual Art in New York for 11 years.
Maureen Boucher, Treasurer/Secretary, MPA, Baruch College, has over thirteen years' experience working with nonprofit organizations in areas or finance, operations and compliance. She lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with her husband, son and daughter.